Re: Looking Back
As treeshark has said, the problem area is under the chin. Look at the black and white photo and see the value change there? It's quite dark and in fact, the darkest area of the head.
Also, the lips. The only thing that defines the lower lip is that shadow crease under the lip. Keep in mind that the eye and the lips slant upwards and that will give you the proper slant of the head (along with the under chin shadow).
I frequently paint from old b/w photos and it is a challenge but also good experience to work on values and hues.
Don't give up on this just yet! Looking good. Beautiful photo!
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